Start on site heralds next chapter in the life of former library

Start on site heralds next chapter in the life of former library

Work has begun on the second phase of a Southend-on-Sea Borough Council scheme to regenerate the former Friars Library, Community Centre and Pupil Referral Unit site in Shoeburyness.

The second phase will create nine much-needed, new family homes for sale in Centurion Close, Shoeburyness, with the development being called Friars Mews.

The new housing development has been brought forward by PSP Southend LLP, the council’s development partner.

Last year the company, in partnership with Public Sector Plc, delivered a new 50-place nursery school on the site after successfully bidding to the Department for Education for £331,837 to create 24 new nursery places for local children.

The new building also allowed the nursery to extend its offer to 26 children providing them with full time nursery care instead of part-time.

Following completion of the new nursery, the rest of the site has been cleared and now the remaining land is being developed into nine new family homes being delivered by Tern Developments, headquartered in Witham, Essex.

The creation of new homes at Friars Mews represents another successful result for the council’s development company after it delivered a scheme of 46 new homes including houses, flats and duplex apartments on the sites of the former Hinguar Primary School  and Saxon Lodge care home, with the final sales completing in 2019. This included the delivery of the required 9 affordable flats plus an additional 6 flats sold to Moat Housing Association on the Saxon Lodge site.

Sales of the new homes at Friar’s Mews are expected to be launched through Hunt Roche in January 2020 with the first houses completed and ready to occupy in the summer of 2020.

Alan Richards, Director of Property and Commercial at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “This scheme will deliver a much-needed new nursery and nine new homes in a sustainable location close to public transport connections, services and facilities. It is the kind of community regeneration that we can be proud of and justifies the creation of the council’s development company.

“The formation of PSP Southend LLP, the council’s development partner, provides a good development option for the council and local taxpayers and we are working on ways of enabling it to deliver more housing across the borough.”

Adam Cunnington, CEO of Public Sector Plc, said: “It’s exciting to be back in Southend to see work start on the second phase at Friars Mews.

“We’re proud of our way of working which enables local authorities to retain control of the pace, cost, style and type of development.

“It’s a testament to the great work of the council’s development company that we are creating high-quality new homes on this site alongside a new nursery and it proves that by working together we can create win-wins for local authorities, local taxpayers and local communities.”

Karl Pickering of Tern Developments said: “We’re proud to be working on such a well-thought through development of homes and nursery. As an Essex-based business we’re delighted to be contributing to the development of our home county.”